- causing or expressing intense grief, anguish, or distress.
Origin of heartrending
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Examples from the Web for heartrending
Clearly, the voters were rewarding his heartrending performance of “ I Want to Hold Your Hand.”Golden Globes 2011: Watch the Funniest Moments
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January 17, 2011
The case of Nick, although sore enough in its way, was not so heartrending as that of Kate.Ridgeway
I rolled about on the ground, uttering the most heartrending cries.My Double Life
The scenes on the decks of the sinking liner were heartrending.
Now and again he let himself be caught by the heartrending accents of his wife.Therese Raquin
The next morning there came a heartrending letter from Aunt Ju.Is He Popenjoy?